National Security

PM: Don't cry over negative travel advisories

Do not be beaten down by or cry over the various negative travel advisories being issued about this country, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has stated.

Rowley made the statement yesterday as he spoke to members of the media following the official opening of the Carenage Home Work Centre and Police Youth Club on Constabulary Street, Carenage.

Russian spy ship in T&T waters

The Russian intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov returned to Trinidad for a second time this year and was docked near the Hyatt yesterday. The vessel is expected to depart today.

When the Sunday Guardian visited the dock before noon, about 15 of the ship's crew in brown uniforms were at the stern of the ship on their down time, smoking and using their cellphones. An officer in camouflaged fatigues was talking with one of the ship's officers while another interacted with the crew.

PCA shortlisted 12 out of 50 applicants

Out of 50 applicants for the post of police commissioner and deputy police commissioner, 12 were shortlisted by the Police Service Commission. These applicants were also asked whether or not they were interested in applying for a post other than what they had initially applied for.

This was among several issues raised yesterday before the Special Select Committee which was mandated by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to review appointments for the office of Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner.

PM fears a violent attack

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is warning citizens of another possible coup d’etat against the Government similar to the July 1990 insurrection by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen.

Speaking during a People’s National Movement meeting at the La Horquetta Regional Complex on Thursday night, Rowley, the head of the National Security Council, said citizens could wake up one morning to an attack against the country.

US travel advisory: "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning"

The US Government has updated a travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago, warning, among other things, that terrorists may attack with little or no warning.

It advises visitors to be cautious at all times.

The following is the latest advisory posted on the website of the US Department of State:

"Exercise increased caution in Trinidad and Tobago due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk. 

Do not travel to Laventille, Beetham, Sea Lots, Cocorite, and the interior of Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain due to crime.  

British High Commissioner: Time for T&T to get real

British High Commissioner to T&T, Tim Stew, yesterday confirmed that the terror threat made on T&T’s Carnival was serious enough for the governments of T&T, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States to hold high level talks on security.

Stew’s confirmation came a day after Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with a diplomatic delegation, which included Stew, to discuss the security challenges which arose just before the Carnival festivities.

Retired police officer charged with trafficking Guyanese woman and several sexual offences

A retired police officer has been committed to stand trial after the Counter Trafficking Unit (CTU) of the Ministry of National Security arrested him for allegedly bringing a Guyanese woman into the country for sexual exploitation.

He has also been charged with serious indecency, rape and indecent assault.

A statement by the Ministry says that on Friday 16th February 2018, retired Police Officer David Rattan was committed to stand trial at the High Court by Magistrate Antoine of the San Fernando 1st Magistrate Court.

Special police unit yet to charge anyone for terrorist financing

Hours after Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi said T&T wasn’t immune from the scourge of terrorism, its associated link to the financing of terrorism, money laundering and corruption, the Financial Investigations Branch (FIB) of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) revealed there are currently investigating several cases of terrorist financing.

This was confirmed yesterday by the FIB’s Insp Avinash Singh during the weekly police press briefing at the TTPS’s Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.

Top diplomats from Canada, Australia, US and Britain discuss recent national security threat with PM

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with the High Commissioners of Britain, Australia and Canada, and the United States Chargé d'Affaires, to discuss national security.

The Office of the Prime Minister says the successful management of the recent national security challenges was the centrepiece of a meeting held today at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.

Man breaches Petrotrin's refinery border, now under police guard at hospital

A man who breached the fence at Petrotrin's Pointe-A-Pierre refinery  is now under police guard at the San Fernando General Hospital for injuries he sustained in a confrontation with security guards.

Petrotrin says that on Wednesday, 2018 February 21, Pet0rotrin’s Estate Police detained a member of the public who breached the perimeter of the fence bordering the company’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

According to initial reports, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Petrotrin’s security officers, on patrol in a secure area of the refinery, spotted an unauthorized person in the area.